Burgess Meredith & Rod Serling

Oliver Burgess Meredith (November 16, 1907 – September 9, 1997), known professionally as Burgess Meredith, was an American actor in theatre, film, and television, who also worked as a director. Rodman Edward Rod Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, novelist, television producer, and narrator best known for his live television dramas of the 1950s and his Science Fiction anthology TV series, The Twilight Zone. 5.0/5

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I recommend watching The Man. Yes, it's dated. Written by Rod Serling (black president in 1972?!?). Burgess Meredith is an awesome bad guy.
I love that they got Burgess Meredith as the narrator. Very different from Rod Serling but still a fantastic voice
Set the box for a 70s doc about UFOs hosted by Rod Serling and Burgess Meredith.
Excited to be honored by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror films with two nominations -- ONE for CARRIE as BEST HORROR FILM and ONE for CHLOE MORETZ as BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUNGER ACTOR. (HOW COOL -- Former honorees: Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Ray Harryhausen, Gene Rodenberry, Carl Laemmle, Burgess Meredith, Richard Matheson, Rod Serling, Rock Hudson, Gloria Swanson, Roger Corman, Elsa Lanchester.)
FAVE "BFF"s (BEST FRIGHT FLICKS) - HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN: - Twilight Zone: THE MOVIE (1983) Over the next 3 weeks we're rolling out a little "somethin'" on 50 of our all time fave horror movies; all of it leading to our unveiling (on Halloween morning) of "THE ALL TIME BEST HORROR FILM EVER MADE ... WHICH YOU'VE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF". Critics were divided on (but we absolutely love) this four part anthology remake of Rod Serling's famous 60's era weekly TV sci fi / horror excursion. With segments dir. by John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller, the film also included participation by many who were a part of Serling's original series - including I AM LEGEND / THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN writer Richard Matheson (who scripted most of the new film, and who wrote 25 episodes of the original series), actors Burgess Meredith (who narrates this film), Bill Mumy, William Shallert and Kevin McCarthy; and composer Jerry Goldsmith, who's "A Nightmare At 20,000 Ft." score remains to this day one o ...
Today's facts about Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983): The film is a remake of three classic episodes of the original series and includes one original story (Time Out; Kick the Can; It's a Good Life & Terror at 20,00 Feet) **Vic Morrow, Renee Chen, and My-ca Dinh Le, were killed on set when a helicopter crashed on them during the filming of a Vietnam battle sequence. Attorney James Neal defended John Landis - who, along with George Folsey Jr., Dan Allingham, Paul Stewart and Dorcey Wingo - was charged with involuntary manslaughter. All were found not guilty. **In the opening title sequence, Rod Serling can be seen in the reflection of the eye. **In the diner, when Kathleen Quinlan is asked where she is from and where she is going, she answers with two town names that were used in old "Twilight Zone" episodes: "Homewood," from Twilight Zone: Walking Distance, and "Willoughby," from Twilight Zone: A Stop at Willoughby. The cook refers to "Cliffordville," from Twilight Zone: Of Late I Think of Cliffordville. * ...
"You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the Twilight Zone." We all watched it (in syndication if not the originals). We saw stars who weren't even stars yet: William Shatner, Robert Redford, Telly Savalas, Richard Kiel. We saw stars who were stars, and would continue to be for years: Burgess Meredith, Billy Mumy, Ed Wynn. All playing characters we remember in roles we can't forget, and all from the genius of Rod Serling. They all started out on October 2, 1959. Fifty-four years ago today.
In what is clearly a landmark date, on this day, 1959, The Twilight Zone made its debut. In a strange set of circumstances it almost didn’t make it on the air. There was little enthusiasm by the networks for it and the creator, Rod Serling, had a tough time promoting it. An interview with Mike Wallace might sum it up nicely, “I understand you’re working on this new project, The Twilight Zone. May we assume that means you won’t be doing any serious writing for the foreseeable future?” The show, of course, was a huge hit lasting 5 years. It generally employed a nice touch of the macabre and irony with surprise endings. It’s Science Fiction format also made it easier to get touchy messages past the TV censors in an era of McCarthyism and mass hysteria thanks to the Russians. I have many favorite episodes, but one of my favorites was “Time Enough At Last” with Burgess Meredith as a bookworm who ends up being the only survivor of a nuclear blast. He’s at the library – his idea of h ...
TRIVIA: Disneyland's California Adventure I went to Disneyland last week to celebrate birthdays with another Virgo! I realized my trivia is usally about the Magic Kingdom. So how about-- 1. At the new statue of Walt Disney and Mickey in California Adventure, what is in Disney's jacket pocket? A. A sketch of Osward the Rabbit B. "The Kansas Star!" Newspaper C. "The Marceline Gazette!" Newspaper D. A train ticket to Los Angeles 2. SOARIN' OVER CALIFORNIA has a score by the Academy Award winning composer of THE OMEN. The composer's name? A. John Barry B. Elmer Bernstein C. Jerry Goldsmith D. Bernard Herrmann 3. The Rod Serling footage at THE TOWER OF TERROR is taken from what episode of THE Twilight Zone? A. The Lloyd Bochner, "To Serve Man" B. The Burgess Meredith,"Time Enough At Last" C. The Bill Mumy, "It's A Good Life" D. The William Shatner, "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" 4. In this men's room there is a photo of the GONE WITH THE WIND cast/crew at this attraction that is a "re-creation" of a California ...
'The best-laid plans of mice and men - and Henry Bemis, the small man in the glasses who wanted nothing but time. Henry Bemis, now just a part of a smashed landscape, just a piece of the rubble, just a fragment of what man has deeded to himself. Mr. Henry Bemis - in the Twilight Zone.' ~ Rod Serling
Netflix fan here...just started watching the original series, "The Twilight Zone" with my family...and my 11-year-old is riveted. It was always a fave of mine, Rod Serling's voice unmistakable, all those faces who became big stars, many after their appearances on the show. Love, love, love this show!
There was a reason that Rod Serling used people like Burgess Meredith and Jack Klugman: they both were good a…
TDIH 1907: happy birthday Burgess Meredith, muse to both the surreal Rod Serling and the surly Rocky Balboa.
Twilight Zone: THE MOVIE originally started with Rod Serling's classic voiceover, but it was replaced with one by Burgess Meredith, who starred in four episodes of the original Twilight Zone series - Time Enough At Last, Mr. Dingle, the Strong, The Obsolete Man, and .Printer's Devil.
Debute on this day in 1959 - "The Twilight Zone." Earl Holliman in "Where is Everybody?" was the first episode. Original run of 156 episodes with the last airing on June 19, 1964. Episode 8, "Time Enough At Last" with Burgess Meredith as the bookworm Henry Bemis was one of Rod Serling's favorites.
On this date in 1959: "The Twilight Zone" debuts on CBS. Created by Rod Serling, who also served as narrator, the critically acclaimed anthology series was a mixture of social commentary, Science Fiction, fantasy and horror. A majority of episodes ended with some unexpected twist. Notable actors who appeared on the series include Burgess Meredith, Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds and William Shatner. The show ran for 175 episodes over five seasons and spawned two revival series and various other spinoffs.
I wonder if Burgess Meredith was Rod Serling's muse the way Isabella Rosellini was David Lynch's muse.
Watched an episode of the Twilight Zone tonight entitled "The Obsolete Man." It starred Burgess Meredith and had to do with a librarian who believed in God in spite of the fact that the State had ruled both books and God as non-existent. As a result, Romney Wordsworth (the librarian aka Meredith) was ruled obsolete. At the end of the show, Rod Serling says, "The chancellor, the late chancellor, was only partly correct. He WAS obsolete, but so is the State, the entity he worshipped. Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of man, that state is obsolete. A case to be filed under 'M' for Mankind... in the Twilight Zone."
This is an amazing episode! Rod Serling was a creative genius, and Burgess Meredith a great actor! "Obsolete Man" on Twilight Zone=Great!
I may have missed the fireworks, if any were shot off here, as I was watching "The Twilight Zone" marathon on the SyFy channel...and forgot. They just showed four of my favorite episodes: the Maple Street one, the William Shatner gremlin on a plane's wing one, the Burgess Meredith book one; and the Next Stop, Willoughby one. Wow, Rod Serling and his writers were amazing! And there hasn't been anything like it since then.
If you are stuck in your house today, SyFy is running a Twilight Zone Marathon all day and night. There are some classics included in the line-up. Burgess Meredith, William Shatner; Rod Serling really had a gift. He could make some of your weirdest dreams seem to come true.
Watching Rod Serling's Night Gallery (1960s) TV series. It's nice to watch episodes directed by directors (i.e., Steven Spielberg) before they became famous, and actors and actresses (Malcolm MacDowell, Burgess Meredith, Diane Keaton, etc.) before they became stars. It's not as scary now, but when I was younger I was pretty much terrified of it. Similar to the Sixth Sense and the Twilight Zone.
A UFO Documentary narrated by Rod Serling, with Jose Ferrer and Burgess Meredith? God, yes, I'll wat
Rod Serling was beyond brilliant. The fact that little Burgess Meredith is in the two best Twilight Zone...
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